Fantasy of Flight

This page is dedicated to Fantasy of Flight. J.R. Hafer and JRHaferAviationBlog.com has no connection professional or otherwise with Fantasy of Flight, Kermit Weeks, or any employee connected with that enitity or any enitity within the control of the Weeks organization. We are only a strong supporter of the ideals and programs of which they so professionally bring to the public. J. R. Hafer, Owner Publisher JRHaferAviationBlog.com 

A P-47 of the 64th Fighter Squadron, while on a mission to Milan , struck the ground during a low level strafing run. Despite the bent props and crushed chin, the pilot nursed the Jug 150 miles home to Grosseto . Photo via Hebb Russell

Courtesy of Fanstasy of Flight

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Kermit Weeks bring home his new find a

Sikorsky S-39

The Sikorsky S-39 was a smaller, single-engine version of the S-38 light amphibious aircraft, built in the USA by aviation firm Sikorsky Aircraft during the early 1930s.

Film makers Martin and Osa Johnson used a giraffe-patterned S-39 Spirit of Africa, with companion zebra-striped S-38 Osa’s Ark, to explore Africa extensively, making safari movies and books.

In 2003, aviator Dick Jackson completed an authentic restoration of the S-39, dubbed the Spirit of Igor in honor of the Johnsons and Igor Sikorsky. The restoration process required nearly 40 years and 40,000 man-hours to complete. It is currently the oldest flying Sikorsky in the world. The “Spirit of Igor” now resides at Fantasy of Flight Air Museum in Lakeland, Florida.

Another S-39, hull number 920, the last one produced, is currently under restoration in Southern California. Hull number 920 was originally owned by Shell Eastern, the original name of the Shell Oil Company.

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Capt Kermit Weeks

NEWS FLASH

KERMIT WEEKS TO BE HONORED WITH TOM CREWS AND JOHN TREVOLTA  AND OTHERS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The 9th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation”® Awards, presented by Learjet, welcomes ONEflight International as a Presenting Sponsor.  The awards will be held January 20, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton.

Considered the most prestigious and important recognition event of aviation, this intimate, memorable, and historic evening of aviation awards and entertainment will feature Morgan Freeman, with a special tribute to Cliff Robertson and a 90th birthday salute to Bob Hoover.  The “Official Ambassador or Aviation”®, John Travolta, is the evening’s host. The Living Legends of Aviation Awards recognizes significant contributions and achievements during aviation’s second hundred years.

Legends, honorees and attendees include: Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Maj. Gen. Bill Anders, Tony Bill, Dr. Forrest Bird, Linden Blue, Ed Bolen, Sir Richard Branson, Pete Bunce, Gene Cernan, Joe Clark, Julie Clark, Tom Cruise, Tom Danaher, Bonnie Dunbar,  Robert J. Duncan, Pat Epps, Craig Ferguson, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Charles Hall, Pres Henne, Greg Herrick, Barron Hilton, Dexter Holland, Skip Holm, Bob Hoover, Emily Howell-Warner, David Hurley, Charlie Johnson, John and Martha King, Alan Klapmeier, Clay Lacy,  Lorenzo Lamas, Amanda Wright Lane, Bill Luckett, Robert A. Lutz, Bruce McCaw, George McGovern, Mike Melvill, Russell W. Meyer Jr., Col. Paul “Max” Moga, Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter, Tom Poberezny, Vern Raburn, James Raisbeck, Si Robin, Frank Robinson, Kurt Russell, Burt Rutan, Dick Rutan, Carroll Shelby, Delford M. Smith, Murray Smith, Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger, Ed Swearingen, John Travolta, Steven Udvar-Hazy, Patty Wagstaff, and Kermit Weeks.

Corporate Sponsors include: Bombardier Learjet, ONEflight International, Bell Helicopter, Jet Aviation, Jeppesen, Qantas Airlines, Breitling, Air Lease Corp., and Aviation Partners.

For more information and tickets please visit: http://www.livinglegendsofaviation.org

About ONEflight International:

ONEflight International is a world premier private jet charter services company with access to more than 12,000 private aircraft and 5,000 airports worldwide. They have more than 30 years of experience and provide worldwide executive, corporate, and personal private jet concierge services. Additionally, ONEflight International offers a unique advantage to their members allowing them to own their flight, without owning a jet by flying at direct operating costs. At ONEflight, “You Don’t Need to OWN, You Just Need to Fly.”

About Living Legends of Aviation:

The “Living Legends of Aviation” are defined as aviation entrepreneurs, innovators, record breakers, industry leaders, astronauts, pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots. The Legends meet yearly to recognize and honor individuals that have made significant contributions in aviation.  Living Legends of Aviation is a registered trademark.

About Kiddie Hawk Air Academy:

The Living Legends of Aviation Awards event is produced by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a non-profit 501(c)(3) qualified organization. Kiddie Hawk introduces children ages 4 thru 9 to flight with the Kiddie Hawk Trainers. These trainers allow kids to take their first flight lesson with the sophistication of motion and control of real flight, piloting their airplane, albeit a few feet off the ground.  Kiddie Hawk follows the students as they progress, making scholarships available as Kiddie Hawk pilots enter actual flight training.  The Kiddie Hawk program also introduces youngsters to other aviation related careers.

CONTACT: Megan Lips of Entertainment/Consumer & Aviation/Trade (including Red Carpet), +1-720-280-5477, Media@LivingLegendsofAviation.org

SOURCE Kiddie Hawk Air Academy

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35 Responses to Fantasy of Flight

  1. JR says:

    Thank you for your comments and suggestions. We are currently under construction and are continuing to add material. We are seeking volunteers to help build our website and participate in our blog. If you enjoy all things aviation please let us know we would enjoy and appreciate your help. JRH

  2. Yesterday the Florida Aviation Historical Society set up the Benoist model for display and exhibit at Fantasy of Flight. While there I spoke with Kermit Weeks, while he autographed some books he authored; it always amazes me how he always has time to talk to folks, he has so many demands on him. We spoke about the exciting upcoming event the “Roar and Soar” (Loud cars and Airplanes) weekend. They expect a big turn-out… Anyway, The magic always stirs my soul no matter how many times I enter those gates.

  3. Ronald Streicher says:

    VERY WELL DONE !!!! I am sure Peg and Kermit will like what you have printed there JR. GREAT WORK !!!!!!! Ron.

  4. Thanks for the kind words. The attitude of the staff that you’ve noticed is because we truly love aviation and fans of it – it’s always our pleasure to speak with them! 🙂

    • This is evident in all that you do. That is why we shall continue to shout from the rooftops, our support for the journey and the meaning for Fantasy of Flight.
      It is our true belief; the vision you have is blessed by the souls of those who have gone before. I am glad Kermit has this vision. I remain his student and supporter. Thanks for your response. JRH

  5. Kermit Weeks says:

    J.R.
    Thanks for leaving me copies of your great article on Fantasy of Flight. It’s great when people capture the essence of what we are!
    Kermit Weeks

    • The Thanks belongs all to you Kermit… We here in central Florida are truly blessed by having someone like you who has the deep passion for aviation and the love of sharing it with others. Just thanking you seems so little in return for all you give. You obviously give so much more than you get, however, you should know that you have our absolute support and we shall always rally to your cause and around you as “OUR” shining example of what a true American with a vision should be!
      Again, Thanks Kermit!

      JR Hafer, Aviation Writer

      “When one has flown he will forever walk the earth looking skyward, for he has been there and will always long to return…”

      http://JRHaferAviationBlog.com

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